How to make craft paper

how is the craft paper made

Let's explain how to make craft paper with the indications of Jan Barbé who manufactures craft paper in a professional way. You can make it at home if you want and call it homemade paper but. The truth is that it is a real wonder how it explains the whole process, the hows and the whys.

I take the main ideas from the video and add annotations of my own. above all comparing this process with that of the creation of Washi.

I hope the video is online for a long time, but if it is lost at least the indications will remain.

After this, we only have to start making our own paper for different DIY activities and various gadgets.

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Washi, the Japanese craft paper

wsahi, Japanese craft paper

El Washi also called Japanese paper, Japan paper or Wagami, it is a typical craft paper from Japan. It is the highest quality paper that exists and in Japan it is used in a multitude of objects. It is found in all kinds of products, umbrellas, jewelry, lithographs, wedding dresses, masks against the coronavirus, etc. It is a ubiquitous type of paper in Japan.

Today you can find handcrafted washi and machine made washi. But The process of making artisanal washi has been an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Unesco since 2014 in recognition of papercraft in three locations: Hamada (Shimane Prefecture), Mino (Gifu Prefecture), and Ogawa / Higashi-chichibu (Saitama Prefecture). This is a distinction to traditional manufacturing techniques.

It is a very fine, resistant and shiny paper that does not yellow over time. With a weight of 5 to 80 g / m2

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Recycled paper

make homemade recycled paper

This is a simple method and almost any paper can be recycled.

The most recommended papers are:

  • The continuous forms (Extremely suitable since they are resistant because they contain long fibers).
  • Brown paper used for wrapping (unless it contains a large amount of wood fibers),
  • Paper bags and envelopes.
  • The paper already printed (although it is not advisable to use any that is too much [1]).
  • Newsprint can be used for volume, provided it is combined with other materials.

Avoid glossy and glossy papers, as they are probably coated with kaolin, which could cause dusty patches on the paper.